Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from John McClallen, 19 July 1799

From John McClallen, 19 July 1799

Albany 19 July 1799


I had the honor of writing you on the 30th Ultimo; since which Col. Stevens has informed me that the Clothing for my Company had arrived at New York. I requested him to have it shipped for this place

I some time since wrote the Secy of War on the subject of forwarding money for the Recruiting Service, to which no reply has come to hand.

My plans for conducting the Recruiting Service in the district allotted me, will be almost entirely frustrated, without the assistance of a Subaltern. This City affords few Recruits and those generally of indifferent characters; the Country must be my greatest resort for Men of the description, the instructions require.

If Mr Hosack has not received his appointment; I beg that a Subaltern may shortly be sent to assist me

I have taken the liberty of inclosing for your information, an Account of my extra expences during my detention at New York, at the Court Martial &c; a Copy of which, I have transmitted to Mr Simmons, the Accountant of the War Department

I have the Honor to be, Sir Your Obt servt

Jno McClallen Captain 1 Regt A&E

(ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress), enclosing his expense report, July 15, 1799 (ADS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress). On the cover of the ALS from John McClallen, H wrote a draft of his reply: "Acknowlege Receipt of this & former letter. The Secy. of War has been written to on the subject of money & reminded of the application in favour of Mr. Hosack. Let this be done observing on the necessity of a subal⟨tern⟩."

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